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Finale

Welcoming the final look of my mini denim series- if you like, you can see the other two looks here. If you thought the finale was going to be big and grand, well, sorry charlie that is not just the way I roll. I didn't let you dow though, as sometimes simpler is better. In hindsight, nothing is more cozy than slipping on a soft, oversized sweater with a pair of jeans. But, when you are taking the simple road, attention is due in the details; silky choker, personalized bag, feminine flats. 

My three rules for getting the most out of your jeans.

1. Don't wash them often. They tend to break in more and fit your body better.

2. Learn to dress them both up and down. They'll become a game-changer for every season.

3. No two pairs are ever the same. Especially with vintage. So, treasure one pair until you stumble across the second superstar pair. 

Jeans: Reformation (repurposed 501s), Sweater: Boast, Jacket: Mango, Choker: Hermes bracelet, Ring: Asha by ADM, Shoes: Chanel

Photos by Alexandra Gibbs




Beginning

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Wearing: Vineyard Vines tunic c/o, The Reformation skirt, Lanvin loafers, Asha ring c/o

Another day, another transitional outfit. I hate to sound like every single person in the Northern Hemisphere, but I'm completely and utterly done with Summer.

Thus, I hope this outfit provides somewhat of inspiration on how to dress for fall sans heat stroke.

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Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Sailor's Travels | Newport, RI

Everyone has their preferred weekend jaunt, mine being Newport. We've been going up there forever and every single time we discover new places to visit, to eat, and so on. For me, it's one the best sailing venues in the world (no wonder the Volvo Ocean Race had a stopover there), you have perfect New England eatery, and the views aren't too shabby. 

In this travel guide, I've not only included places in Newport but surrounding areas like Point Judith, and other stops that we frequent during the drive. Since I not only visit during the summer, I've experienced the town off-season as well. 

If you've been to Newport, share your top locales in the comments below- I would love to hear your favorites!

:: TO WANDER ::

Ocean Drive: First have lunch/brunch at Castle Hill Inn, then take a drive down Ocean Drive to enjoy the views of the Atlantic and the impressive mansions that line Ocean Drive (most of them built by the Vanderbilts throughout the 20th century). 

Cliff Walk: Similar Ocean Drive, Cliff Walk is 3.5 miles of the natural beauty of New England, along with sprawling gardens and exquisite architecture. Keep in mind that the majority of the walk is easy, but about 1/3 of it becomes rocky and challenging sans good shoes (skip them heels, k?). 

Point Judith: Roughly about 45 minutes from Newport (excluding traffic), you'll experience classic New England seafood- try George's of Galilee- and pretty beaches. Not to mention, the Block Island Ferry leaves out of Pt. Judith which also makes an easy day trip. 

The Farmer's Daughter: Our go-to nursery. Every time we drive up and down to the Ocean State, we make sure to stop and pick up fresh plants and when in season, fruits and vegetables. 

:: TO EAT ::

22 Bowens: A Newport classic. Even though I'm dairy free now, their mac & cheese is the best thing ever. Works on a cold, rainy Winter day or during the heat of summer followed by a stroll in the Wharf and ice cream. 

Tallulahs on Thames: A farm to table eatery that truly showcases Rhode Island's yummiest cuisine. The portions are on the smaller side, so I would recommend going for either the six course night or having a big lunch. 

Washington Square Cafe: Once our favorite Newport diner shut for a bit, we discovered this place! I like to think myself as a breakfast professional- have it be pancakes or an omelette, I'm all in. I had both. 

 



Sailor's Travels | St.Barths

photos by me

This time to St.Barths was my.... (hold on, let me do the math)... 8th trip to the island. As my family has been sojourning to this little island for quite awhile, this time around we focused on doing other things than sitting on the beach. We skipped the normal dining choices for even more delicious places- but honestly, you just eat your way through St.Barths- ventured out to different parts of the island which resulted in becoming "one with nature", and overall having a wonderful trip. For this travel guide, I've found myself blabbering on about new activities and dining, but if you'd like other suggestions, may I suggest taking a look at my travel guide?

 

:: WANDER ::

Pointe Milou- We stayed at Le Christopher Hotel located right near Pointe Milou. Instead of hitting the gym for my daily dose of pumping iron, I would run, then hike into a rocky beach on Pointe Milou. One day, Reid (my brother), and I explored all the way out to the point only to find tidal pools full of sea urchins, fish, and coral along with multi-colored cliffs from Mother Nature herself. Each time I hiked it was around sunset which I found was the ideal time to go.

Grand Fond natural pools- Another day, another hike. To begin, this longer hike (25 mins.) can get very H-O-T as you are on the drier side of the island. With that, it's best to do before 12 pm. The hike itself displays beautiful views of the Caribbean sea. It's a narrow path to get to the natural pools so I strongly recommend wearing sneakers, but bringing flip flops once you arrive at the pools. We spent around 30-40 mins at the pools swimming in the clear water before making the trek back. Lastly, bring plenty of water if you plan on staying longer. Please note, I don't recommend visiting the natural pools if you have recent injuries or suffer from any regular medical conditions.

Day boat trip- The last time we did a boat trip from St.Barths was ages ago, so it only seems right to add it to the list for 2015. We chartered a catamaran from St.Barth Sailor, whom I couldn't recommend enough. Our trip included a sail to a nearby island for snorkeling and lunch on the boat. The experience is fairly customizable to the size of the party, and what you would like to get out of the day.

Beaches- We only went to three beaches this trip, because we were  busy- bees (and tired bees, might I add). St.Jean, Gouverneur, and Shell Beach were the only ones we went to. St.Jean is a centrally-located beach that is home to the infamous Eden Rock and Nikki Beach. Gouverneur is a great beach for relaxing, but I warn you, it gets very hot very quickly. Lastly, Reid and I went cliff-jumping at Shell Beach (in Gustavia) on our last day.

:: EAT ::

Black Ginger- A delicious Thai/Asian fusion restaurant located in Gustavia. The food was incredibly fresh and flavorful without being overpowering with spices (as some Thai food can be). I had the chicken satay (so good, ordered a second order!), then a special of the night. As for dessert (sadly, I'm not one to partake here), my brother ordered some banana fried thing which looked (and smelled) delicious.

Le Ti- If you ever visit St.Barths, you mustttt go to Le Ti. The bar/restaurant is a nightlife hotspot (which gets a little wild after 12), but never the less, loads of fun. The food itself isn't outta this world, but.... the experience makes up for it. We went on a Tuesday night around 9 for their Cabaret show- I can promise you, the show provides plenty of entertainment. As the night continues, you'll end up being dressed up in crazy costumes and dancing on tables.

Eddy's- We actually stumbled upon Eddy's after our dinner at Black Ginger. The setting was like a jungle, and the food was perhaps my favorite meal on the island. 

Hotel Taïwana- Located on Flamands beach, this super chic hotel creates a whole different vibe from anywhere else on the island. The decor reminded me of Miami, and the food was simplistic French infused, and a well-deserved two thumb up.

Le Tarmin- The restaurant near Saline beach makes you feel as if you were dropped in jungle in Africa or South America. The whole place is outside with huge trees lining outdoor seating, a ping pong table, and a cute shop. It is owned by a couple who greet and say goodbye to each party with a handshake and smile- talk about hospitality. The food was delicious; my favorite dish was the Mahi Mahi with sweet potatoes (my tastebuds are going crazy right now)

Tom's Juice Bar- Being the health nut I am, of course I had to go to a juice bar a few times during my stay. The Acai bowl with extra strawberry, banana, and coconut tasted like heaven in food form. I also tried one of their juices that had sparkling water in the mix. Never have heard of that in all my schleps to juice bars around the world. 


(1) flying into St.Barths over Gustavia Harbor (2) Pointe Milou (3) fireworks over St.Jean beach (4) Gustavia harbor- wearing this playsuit (under $50) (5) Day trip w/ St.Barth Sailor- wearing this dress (6) travel outfit (7) wearing this Spell playsuit (8) First night at sunset (9) Nikki Beach Bucket Regatta party- wearing Reformation (10) Nikki Beach once again (11) St.Jean beach- wearing Solid & Striped suit (12) Natural pools in Grand Fond- wearing Kiini suit (13,14,15) #fromwhereistand (16) Hotel Taïwana (17) Laser sailing out of St.Barth Yacht Club (18) Swimming at Shell Beach (19) St.Jean beach (20) watching the planes land (21) Hiked down to the cliffs at Pointe Milou (22) Acai bowls from Tom's Juice Bar in St.Jean (23) Eddy's in Gustavia (24) Sign outside of JOJO Burger

 

Dress Code

Wearing: The Reformation dress- in store, J.Crew sweater- on sale w/ JINGLEStuart Weitzman boots, Kacey K choker c/o, Sloane Ranger bracelet c/oWanderlust & Co bracelet

Let's face the facts here. Sequins dazzle on the dance floor and can be a conversation starter, but the real shining star? Neutrals. 

Yep, you heard me right. Over the next few weeks of holiday swaying and sashaying, the masses will be sporting their shiniest duds, and if your game plan is to be the life of the party, go the counter-example of preferred sartorial holiday choices. Break the dress code and dress down to dress up. Similar to what I said a few weeks ago, wear simplistic pieces- this sweater/t-shirt mash up dress is a great example- pop on some great bling, or slip on some wicked shoes, and you, my friend are good to go.

If you aren't feeling the camel, try some velvet or lamé in a monochromatic shade. You'll still get the glitz and the glam, but sans the dancing disco ball. 

Party rules 101. 

Photos by Emily Malan

Vibrance

Current & Elliott

jeans

, Hermes scarf, Alice & Olivia

heels (

different color

, Isabel Marant x H&M

blazer

, Chanel bag, Sloane Ranger

bracelet c/o

, Catbird

rings

, Monica Vinader

bracelet

 This past weekend, it was great to feel the warm sunshine on my face and for the temperatures to excel 50*. Winter has felt like a massive black hole of polar vortexes and countless feet of snow. Receiving a small taste of Spring boosted my mood (especially being near the ocean this past weekend). Being able to step outside in a blazer and jeans was the best feeling ever. These boyfriend jeans are the closest my legs have been exposed to air the past four months and I cannot wait to wear them more in the Spring. Along with a simple look of jeans and a blazer, a silk scarf spices things up a little. I am not a big scarf person but I love the un-expected twist of wearing it "western style".  Here is to a vibrant Spring ahead... don't worry,

it is coming

.